Accountability: Yours and Theirs

June 15, 2016

Accountability: Yours and Theirs

By Susanne Dalton Dupes In Accountability, Employee Engagement with Comments Off on Accountability: Yours and Theirs

If you are a regular reader, you know that I talk about the five traits of great managers from Gallup’s State of the American Manager. One of those traits is promoting accountability.Traits of great managers

So that we are clear, Dictionary.com defines being accountability as “the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable.” In other words, if you are accountable for something, or someone, you better know what is going on with the thing or person at all times, just in case the boss asks.

Accountability Culture

Lifehack offers a S.I.M.P.L.E. formula for creating a culture of accountability:

  • Set expectations
  • Invite commitment
  • Measure progress
  • Provide feedback (supportive and corrective)
  • Link to consequences
  • Evaluate effectiveness

Get Your Team on Board

If you lead teams, LeadershipWatch offers four tips for getting your team to embrace accountability:

  1. Focus on creating a shared purpose
  2. Be open and specific about expected results
  3. Pay special attention to team behavior when things go wrong
  4. Set the right example up front

These are excellent tips to follow if you are working to become a great manager, or if you want to create a team of great managers for your company.

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